In first year of university, I quickly realized that I was a lot more productive in a public space with a latte in hand, than in my own apartment. I’ve never been a sit-at-a-desk and hammer-it-out type of girl, so Toronto’s cafes have become my go-to workspace, and truth be told, my home away from home.
Finding the best cafes to co-opt as an office is not an easy task, especially when you’re lugging around a laptop with a short battery life. But over the last few weeks I’ve been trying out the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and it has made things so much easier! I can just drop the tablet in my bag and I’m ready to go; I basically have the functionality of my laptop for a quarter of the weight. Aside from the portability, the best feature is its long battery life. The Surface Pro 4 can run for nine hours, which means you don’t have to search for outlets or run home for a quick charge-up. Bonus: the customer service at microsoftstore.ca is amazing and there 24/7 – perfect when you’re working on a last-minute project (or blog post, in my case) and something goes wrong. My biggest regret in university? Not buying a tablet (Seriously. They have great student deals, so check out the site).
Whether you’re using a tablet or laptop, I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite Toronto cafés in case you’re looking for a new spot! These places are great for work or study, and offer a unique, well-designed space that inspires creativity.
Since its opening, Safehouse has been one of my favourite cafées in the city. I’ve been there so much (and have taken so many pictures of their floor) that they know me by name! They have a solid amount of seating and lots of plugs for the laptop users! My go-to bevvy is a cortado with their vegan peanut butter banana muffin.
I always found it hard to get seating at cafées in the King West area, but Forget Me Not is always reliable. Pro tip: If the front-house is packed, check out the back for bigger tables. It’s usually very quiet and they have a bunch of different types of lattes (coconut, Nutella, caramel…), so you’re bound to find a drink that you like!
Not many people would think of Maman as a place for work or studying, but it’s one of my favourites! There’s nothing better than eating French pastries while working. Unless you show up at noon, you’ll be able to find a spot at one of the two communal tables. Plus, it’s in such a central location for Ryerson students who have long breaks between classes!
One of my biggest struggles as a Ryerson student was finding space to work near campus. Balzac’s and Dineen are always busy, so Versus Coffee was my saviour! It’s only a 10-minute walk away from school and you’ll find a seat most of the time (peak hours are a little trickier, but if you wait around a bit you should be fine).
This little gem in the East end, but it’s definitely worth the commute! I wouldn’t say that I’m a coffee connoisseur, but the coffee at Hailed is one of the best in city. What makes them different is their Hailed Shot, which is infused with Cardamom. They also have delicious Middle Eastern treats like dates and baklavas. In addition to delicious food and drinks, the space is gorgeous for pictures!
*This post was sponsored by Microsoft; all opinions are my own